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"Salvage" by Artist Janet Wolahan

  • The Gallery at Villageworks 525 Massachusetts Avenue Acton, MA, 01720 United States (map)

Janet Wolahan works out of Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. Her fifth floor studio looks over Kazanjian Used Auto Parts, the inspiration and subject for her series, Salvage. According to Janet: “I enjoy working with the vast array of compositional possibilities within the heaps of aged and damaged vehicles, stacks of stripped and crushed auto bodies, and the rusted and nearly unrecognizable debris of automobile salvage.

Inherent in the visceral properties of the subject matter is the universal metaphor of aging: the auto is surpassed by the unique individualized characteristics of experience and old age, and its often overlooked potential for another kind of beauty. My paintings are also portraits of Lowell itself. Everywhere within Lowell’s rich civic, religious, historic and cultural environment is evidence of the economic struggles of ordinary people whose existence is dependent on that ubiquitous product of our civilization: the automobile.”

If you’d like to purchase Janet’s work please contact her at: 978-844-0090 or To learn more please visit her website: